BAYBAY CITY, Leyte - Because of Covid-19, social distancing has become quite a norm for the past weeks. Schools, offices, and agencies have minimized their workforce or have even closed up. Classes, trainings, and lectures in a group setting has become close to impossible. Since the Enhanced Community Quarantine, staying at home has become the only option but learning and productivity are always a choice. These two e-Learners made theirs.
“Noon pa man, gusto ko na talaga mag-enroll sa e-Learning courses pero di ko matapos-tapos dahil din may trabaho. So ngayon po nay may sapat na oras ako bawat araw kasi nakawork from home ako, I take this opportunity na makapag-enroll ulit sa e-learning courses ng ATI.” explained Junalyn Palco, a Training Assistant at ATI-RTC 8. She said that aside from gardening, e-Learning has been one of the reasons for her to make her quarantine productive every day.
The e-Learning for Agriculture and Fisheries is a major component of the Department of Agriculture's e-Extension Program, implemented by the Agricultural Training in collaboration with other organizations. Currently, the e-Learning has more than 60 online courses on Agriculture and other related fields.
“I took five courses, namely: Good Agricultural Practices for Vegetable, Cultivating Earth's Sweet Crop: The Sweet potato, Managing Common Disease in Banana, Gold in Grains: Cultural Management for Soybean and Growing Rice Organically.” said Joannah Quilario, a Technical Assistant from ATI-RTC 8. Being a fresh Agriculture graduate, Joannah found e-learning fun as she was refreshed especially on the types of diseases affecting different crops. “It can be understood easily because the contents of every topics are concise and there are also illustrations provided.” she added.
Juna recalls one of her experiences, “Medyo nakakakaba din pag nasa quiz part kana kasi baka magkamali ng sagot. Pero masarap din sa feeling pag nasagutan mo ito ng tama. So nag-eenjoy din ako habang natututo.” She added that this e-extension program is a great help especially now that formal training activities cannot be conducted. Not only is it beneficial to her but also to the people she shares her learnings with.
“Every time I finished a course and getting its certificate, I feel more motivated and determined to enroll another course and at the same time eager to learn more.” said Joannah. After completing each course and passing all the module tests, certificates are automatically generated. “Yung certificate of Completion mo kasi ang nagpapatunay na pumasa ka sa course. Masasabi mo talagang worth it din yung oras na iginugugol mo sa pagbabasa ng bawat lesson per module.” Explained Juna.
Joannah encourages her fellow youth or to everyone who has an interest in farming. “Due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine we have ample time at home, we always find ways to break the ice or look for ideas that will utilize our time well. E-learning should be promoted because it is very useful and informative. It is also interesting because the topics are diverse focusing on Agriculture and Fisheries.” “Ang e-learning ay magandang platform para kahit walang formal training, pwede pa rin na matuto yong tao about Agriculture.” Juna added.
The internet has been the go-to of the present generation especially now that the risk of getting infected by Covid-19 is alarmingly high. From video streaming apps and social media, there are a lot of things to do within the virtual world. e-Learning is one good way for you to boost your productivity while learning at the same time.